As an advocate for social justice, Katrina Pacey has been extensively involved in Pivot Legal Society, a human rights and legal advocacy organization based in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, BC. She began working with the organization during her first month of law school in 2001 and took on the role of Executive Director 2014. In December 2017, Ms. Pacey announced that she was stepping-down from her leadership role at the society.
During her time at Pivot Legal Society, Ms. Pacey played an integral role in significant legal reforms to laws affecting the safety of sex workers. Ms. Pacey represented Sex Workers United Against Violence, Pivot Legal Society, and PACE Society, intervener groups supporting Terri-Jean Bedford, in the landmark 2013 Supreme Court of Canada case Canada v. Bedford.
Ms. Pacey holds an LLB (2004) from UBC’s law school and a Master’s degree in Women’s Studies. Ms. Pacey has been named one of the “Top 25 Most Influential” by Canadian Lawyer’s in the Government/Non-Profit/Association category. In 2011, she was awarded the Outstanding Young Alumna Award by the Allard Law Alumni Association, for her endeavours in the practice of law, government service, the judiciary, business, legal academe, community service or other areas worthy of recognition that have brought honour to the law school.
Ms. Pacey continues to frequent Allard Hall to share her insights into social justice and advocacy. In March 2017, Ms. Pacey was a panelist for the discussion “What Does Access to Justice Mean to Law Schools?” where she discussed the role law schools have to play in furthering access to justice.